Fred Newhouse

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Fred Newhouse
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Full name Frederick Vaughn Newhouse
Born November 8, 1948 (1948-11-08) (age 68)

Frederick Vaughn "Fred" Newhouse (born November 8, 1948) is an American competitor at the 1976 Summer Olympics, winning a gold medal in the men's 4x400 meter relay with Herman Frazier, Benny Brown, and Maxie Parks and silver in the 400 m. He finished second in the Olympic final with a time of 44.40 seconds, the second fastest time of the 1970s. The final was won by Cuba's Alberto Juantorena, a.k.a. El Caballo (The Horse).

Newhouse was one of the organizers of the Northwest Flyers Track Club in Houston, Texas.[1] He graduated from Galilee High School in Hallsville, Texas.[2] After graduating Prairie View A&M with a degree in Electrical Engineering, he received his Masters in International Business. He now is Director of Public Affairs for Valero Energy and serves as the Assistant Treasurer of the Prairie View A&M Foundation.[3]


Frederick currently lives in Houston. After graduating, he was accepted into Prairie View A&M University in Texas and the University of Washington in Seattle, earning his degrees in Electrical Engineering and Masters of International Business. He also served two years in the United States Army in between his undergraduate and graduate.[3]

In his life, Fred has volunteered for the Boards of Directors for United States Olympic Committee and USA Track and Field. He is one of the past Chairman of the Board of the Texas City/ LaMarque Chamber of Commerce, Chair-elect for the Houston East End Chamber of Commerce, Chairman of Houston’s Community Family Center, and Vice-chair of the Black Heritage Committee – Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo.[3] Fred even serves on the Capital Campaign Committee for Prairie View A&M University. As well is an avid supporter of the United Way and Boy Scouts of America.While being a part of Prairie View A&M, Fred became a three time All-American and National Champion in the sport Track and Field.[3] In 1976, he won Gold and Silver Medals participating in the Montreal Canada Olympic Games. By 2000, Fred was appointed Team Leader for the United States Men’s Track and Field squad going to the Olympic Games in Sydney, Austria.[3] He lives on to ref for the Texas Relays and the Texas State UIL Track and Field Championships.[3]

He was Inducted into the Texas Track and Field Coaches Hall of Fame, Class of 2014.[4]


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